Located on America’s Historic Route 66, Eagle Rock was home to descendants of the Shoshone Indians, who lived near the famous Eagle Rock for which the town is named. Eagle Rock was incorporated as a city in 1911,and the area was eventually annexed into the City of Los Angeles in 1923.Eagle Rock is bordered by the city of Glendale on the north and west, Highland Park on the southeast, Glassell Park on the southwest and the cities of Pasadena and South Pasadena on the east. Major thoroughfares include Eagle Rock Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard, with Figueroa Street along the eastern boundary. The Glendale and Ventura freeways run along the district’s western and northern edges, respectively.
The neighborhood is inhabited by a wide variety of ethnic and socioeconomic groups and the creative class.Over the past decade the neighborhood has been experiencing gentrification, as young urban professionals have moved from nearby neighborhoods such as Los Feliz and Silver Lake. A core of counter-culture writers, artists and filmmakers has existed in the town since the 1920s.The town was well-known during the late 1950s, 1960s and 1970s for its sizable hot rod culture.
Eagle Rock is also the site of Occidental College, one of the oldest liberal arts colleges on the west coast, designed by famed architect Myron Hunt and founded in 1887.The neighborhood is home to many historic and architecturally significant homes, many done in the Craftsman,Georgian, Streamline Moderne,Art Deco and Mission Revival styles.
The town features several popular restaurants, trendy coffee shops, eclectic art galleries, hair salons, fashion boutiques, and even a wine-tasting bar.
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